Three Steps for Preparing Your Energy Efficient Furnace for Winter

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If you’ve invested in an energy efficient furnace, you know the winter months are when it’s going to really pay off. These state-of-the-art HVAC systems can help cut back the amount of energy or gas required to heat your home compared to older and less efficient models. With winter drawing nearer here in Lexington, we’ve prepared some essential steps you can take to ensure your furnace will operate efficiently and effectively all season.

1. Schedule a regular maintenance visit before winter weather arrives.

You don’t want to turn on your furnace on the first cold day in Lexington only to find out it’s not operating properly. It’s important to have a professional inspect your furnace, as these individuals have been trained and certified to ensure your HVAC system is safe and working the right way. Keeping your equipment regularly maintained will not only help the product operate smoothly, but it will help improve the energy efficiency of your furnace, as well.

2. Check your heat exchanger.

Fractured or improperly functioning heat exchangers mix combustion gases with clean air, potentially creating problems with carbon monoxide poisoning. Simply check your furnace’s combustion chamber for cracks. If you smell strange odors coming from the heater after a while, shut it off and call a professional. Your heat exchanger is an important factor in creating an energy efficient furnace. When it’s operating correctly, the equipment doesn’t have to work as hard or use as much energy to generate the heat you desire.

3. Change your air filter.

If you haven’t changed your filter in a while, now’s the time. Clean filters will help improve your equipment’s air flow and could lead to better energy efficiency, as well. Pleated, HEPA and electrostatic filters can also help improve the furnace’s energy efficiency, so consider upgrading if you’re currently using a flat filter. We recommend checking your filter at the end of each month to see whether it needs to be changed.

Use these steps to create a more energy efficient home this season. Or, if you’re ready for a replacement, Kelley Mechanical offers a wide range of energy efficient furnaces. We’re happy to walk you through the latest and greatest HVAC systems available in Lexington.

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